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* Done by the police to assist in the arrest and trial of [[https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-escort-dalia-dippolito-gets-16-years-trying-have-husband-n785621 Dalia Dippolito]], a Floridian woman who in 2008 [[TilMurderDoUsPart conspired to have her husband assassinated]]. After police received a tip from her ex of her plan, they intercepted her arrangement with a hitman and instead sent an undercover narcotics officer in their place, who secretly recorded their conversation plotting out the details of the hit to affirm her criminal intent. The police force took even further steps to ensure the inevitable charges against her stuck by [[FakingTheDead faking her husband's death]] (complete with a fake crime scene at their house), taking her to the station to be interviewed to have her unknowingly incriminate herself, then [[EverybodyKnewAlready revealing that they already knew everything]], bringing out the officer -- still in-character and in cuffs as if he had been arrested -- in front of her to solidify that she had been busted and to attempt getting a confession out of her.





If The Mole is also a fake HeelFaceTurn, they're a HeelFaceMole. If someone ''isn't'' The Mole, but it looks like they are, they’re a RedHerringMole. If a person is unaware that someone is a mole on the other side, they may be MistakenForBetrayal, leading to MistakenlyAttackedMole.

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If The Mole is also a fake HeelFaceTurn, they're a HeelFaceMole.FakeDefector. If someone ''isn't'' The Mole, but it looks like they are, they’re a RedHerringMole. If a person is unaware that someone is a mole on the other side, they may be MistakenForBetrayal, leading to MistakenlyAttackedMole.


Not to be confused with the [[Series/TheMole Reality TV series of the same name]] (though it's all about this trope), The Mole from ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' (which is a [[TunnelKing digging machine]]), the ComicStrip/DickTracy villain, MoleMen, MoleMiner, 6.02 x 10[[superscript:23]],[[note]]a unit of measure known in chemistry as a "mole"[[/note]] BeautyMark, or the Mexican chocolate sauce.

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Not to be confused with the [[Series/TheMole Reality TV series of the same name]] (though it's all about this trope), The Mole from ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' (which is a [[TunnelKing digging machine]]), the ComicStrip/DickTracy villain, MoleMen, MoleMiner, 6.02 x 10[[superscript:23]],[[note]]a unit of measure known in chemistry as a "mole"[[/note]] BeautyMark, or the Mexican chocolate sauce.
sauce, or the animal, of course.


* [[spoiler:Sullivan, Jenner's henchman]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'' is probably only working for evil under threat of coercion, so it's not surprising that he pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the last moment. Unfortunately, RedemptionEqualsDeath.


If one of the heroes [[LoveInterestTraitor had been in a romantic relationship with the Mole]] before TheReveal, he or she may ask "WasItAllALie" Particularly heartless Moles may reveal that yes, IWasOnlyPretendingToLikeYou, while others may have indeed [[InLoveWithTheMark developed feelings for the person being betrayed]] and may wind up BecomingTheMask.

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If one of the heroes [[LoveInterestTraitor had been in a romantic relationship with the Mole]] before TheReveal, he or she may ask "WasItAllALie" Particularly heartless Moles may reveal that yes, IWasOnlyPretendingToLikeYou, IWasOnlyPretendingToLikeYou and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve gleefully taunt them over it]], while others may have indeed [[InLoveWithTheMark developed feelings for the person being betrayed]] and may wind up BecomingTheMask.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zborowski Mark Zborowski]], yet another Soviet mole. He wormed his way into Trotsky's circle and possibly assisted in the death of Trotsky's son.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zborowski Mark Zborowski]], Zborowski,]] yet another Soviet mole. He wormed his way into Trotsky's circle and possibly assisted in the death of Trotsky's son.



* When the British anti-capitalistic left-wing organisation [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Greenpeace Lordon Greenpeace]] was involved the so-called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLibel_case McLibel case]]" against UsefulNotes/McDonalds, it was estimated that up to one ''half'' of the members of the organisation was moles both planted by the British police and [=McDonald=]'s itself.

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* When the British anti-capitalistic left-wing organisation [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Greenpeace Lordon Greenpeace]] was involved the so-called "[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLibel_case McLibel case]]" "McLibel case"]] against UsefulNotes/McDonalds, it was estimated that up to one ''half'' of the members of the organisation was moles both planted by the British police and [=McDonald=]'s itself.

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* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13375422/1/Alternatively Alternatively]]" looks at the aftermath of events in the timeline where Steve fought with his other self to retrieve the Mind Stone; when studying the security tapes of Stark Tower, Steve and Tony realise the continued existence of HYDRA, and exploit the fact that the time-travelling Steve 'introduced' himself to Rumlow as a HYDRA agent to allow Steve to infiltrate HYDRA, posing as a loyal agent and even managing to get himself assigned as the Winter Soldier's handler, until he and Tony are ready to destroy HYDRA.
* ''Fanfic/AQUATheFirstStep'': Blake ends up becoming one to Alexander for the White Fang as part of an immunity deal. When she eventually [[DefectorFromDecadence decides to leave]], Alexander pulls some strings to get her into Beacon.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfRemnant'': Klein pretends to be going along with the Schnees' plan to assassinate the Claimed, when in reality he's working for Cinder and telling her everything he knows.
* In ''Fanfic/CrimsonRising'', the Power Rangers manage to get a reverse mole 'planted' in Sector Nine- a government organisation that has been monitoring and preparing to fight the Power Rangers since the destruction of the Thunderzords- in the form of [[spoiler:the reformed Rito Revolto, now in a human appearance after the Z-Wave, allowing him to tip them off and prevent an assassination of the Vice-President staged to look like the Rangers did it]].
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Kaji worked for SEELE and NERV, but he was secretly working for a third party that intended to destroy both organizations.
* Cama Leonte of the [[spoiler: Archbishop Guard]] is actually a [[spoiler: Heretic]] spy in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.
* [[spoiler:Barricade]] in ''[[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Don't Tell Humans]]'' is actually an Autobot mole. And Megatron ''knows''.
* ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'' has the Queen of Hearts.
* The whole point of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13545968/1/Wilhuff-Tarkin-Hero-of-the-Rebellion Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion]]'' is having Tarkin as a founding member of what will become the Rebel Alliance while using his official position to sabotage the Galactic Empire, find more resources, and recruit others, including Galen Erso (who was already one, Tarkin just started coordinating with him), [[spoiler:Raith Sienar, Gilad Pellaeon and Zsinj]].
* In ''FanFic/DoubleAgentVader'', ''Darth Vader himself'' became a Rebel agent.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Kaji was a spy worked for at least three different sides: Gendo, SEELE and the Japanese Government. When it suited him, [[spoiler:he turned on SEELE and then on Gendo.]]
* In ''Ghosts of the Past'', sequel of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [[spoiler: Gambit]] turns out to have been [[spoiler: Natasha's mole in the Red Room]]. However, he only became this trope after a HeelFaceTurn (though, complicating matters further, he was never especially evil in the first place, having been forced into working for [[spoiler: Sinister, who was working with the Red Room.]])
** Sage, as per canon, though in this version, she had a secret identity: [[spoiler: Maria Stark.]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': As soon as Asuka woke up in the past she passed information on Kaji secretely to warn him that the organization she was working for was plotting the end of the world.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Did you think that [[spoiler:Kaji working for three sides were overkill in the original series? Here he was working for four sides. When GEIST learnt about SEELE approached to him and made him an offer.]]
* In ''Fanfic/KiraIsJustice'', Shadow is one in the SIS, while [[spoiler: Mr. Williams]] is partially an unwilling one in the Task Force (though this hadn't been put in play-yet.)
* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': It's revealed in the [[WhamEpisode 11th chapter]] that [[spoiler:[[TheUsurper Prince Jewelius]] struck a partnership with Queen Chrysalis to invade Equestria together on Princess Cadance and Shining Armor's wedding day. He helped her sneak into Canterlot by telling her how to enter the caverns underneath the castle, and he lured Cadance into a trap, allowing Chrysalis to take her place. Absolutely nopony, not even Twilight, suspected him of anything foul. However, Jewelius decided that he'll gain more out of betraying Chrysalis and making Twilight his pawn, so he had [[BattleButler Vivian]] help her and Cadance escape the caves to expose Chrysalis and aided Twilight in detaining the Changelings with [[CheckovsGun the shrinking spell he showed her]]. However, he immediately afterwards pinned the blame for the invasion on all the other heroes and stole the throne]].
* ''FanFic/{{Loyalty}}'' is a unique case that features a mole as it's main protagonist. But Sakura is anything but willing.
* In ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', [[spoiler:Shinji]] is feeding intelligence to the Japanese Government about what NERV and SEELE are really up to. However, given what they ARE up to, and what he is trying saving all humankind --including those he cares for--you would be hard-pressed to tell he is the bad guy here (and if they knew his motives, it's highly doubtful any character but Gendo and SEELE called him one). He is a good guy pretends to be a bad guy pretending to be a good guy.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': [[spoiler:Maya]] was forced by [[SmugSnake Kluge]] to give him confidential information about the [[HumongousMecha Evangelions]] and NERV.
* ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'' has two heroic examples: Elsa sends Kristoff to be her mole in Berg's army, and mister Lee is Arendelle spy in Weselton court. Apparently, Berg knew from the beginning that "Christian Mikkeli" is a spy, but Lee remains undiscovered.
* In ''FanFic/UtopiaUnmade'', Nisser is one of the soldiers that gains Cure Marine's respect while she's organizing the defense of Sandstorm. Turns out he's actually Cobraja, one of the commanders of the Desert Apostles, and he manages to open Sandstorm's gates to let the Apostles in.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'', "The Mega Man in the Moon" reveals that Senator King is this.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Metal Man is this in episode 9.
** The police and FBI suspect the Conduit may have planted a mole within their ranks. The mole turns out to be [[spoiler:Captain Tallarico, AKA Miss T]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince'', [[spoiler:Val, the bodyguard, is getting paid to kill Arthur]]. The surprise may be spoiled for readers who realise that [[spoiler:"Val" is short for [[Recap/MerlinS01E02Valiant Valiant]]]].
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', it turns out that from the beginning Wonder Man was never as supportive of the hunt for Alex Harris as Tony Stark thinks.
** In addition, Phil Coulson helps Alex Harris escape from SHIELD's clutches again and again without her ever knowing he's doing it.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecretReturnOfAlexMack'': [[spoiler: Clare Tobias]] is an NID mole in the Collective.
* In ''Fanfic/UnnaturalDisaster'' [[spoiler:Debonair]] is a Cauldron plant within Protectorate ENE, and high-ranking enough that unlike [[spoiler:Battery]] he gets [[PortalNetwork Door]] privileges.
* ''FanFic/SonOfTheSevenKingdoms'':
** Tyrion decides to become this for William in the Lannister's army, because he knows that William is the legitimate heir to the throne -- and pretty much the only person he can trust to use power the right way. Then, Tywin sends him to become Acting Hand, which pretty much means he will have the power to actually deal with the problems caused by Joffrey.
** [[spoiler:Farengar Secret-Fire is one for the Blades with Daenerys, but he is aiding her in order to find a way to make peace between Targaryens and Baratheons.]]
* In the pro wrestling story, ''The Return-Remixed'', [[spoiler: Wrestling/GailKim ]] turns out to be this.
* ''Fanfic/BloodAndHonor'': Quinn unwittingly acts as this for a large part of the story, studying Sanguis and secretly passing on information about her to Baras, unaware that Baras intends to kill her eventually. After she survives the trap Baras laid for her, Quinn is contacted again to help in a second attempt, triggering a personal crisis.
* ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'' has a few examples:
** Vathek is one for the Rebellion within Phobos' court, as per ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' canon.
** Ludmoore's brothers are this for him within [[PlayingBothSides both Phobos' court and the Rebellion]]. [[spoiler: Cedric is one of them, and the other, Cyrus, has a SecretIdentity as Caleb's friend Drake.]]
** Jackie pretends to accept [[DiabolicalMastermind Chang's]] offer of service in order to bring the Dark Hand down from within. Later, he manages to [[HeelFaceTurn flip]] [[spoiler: Harold Hale]] to aid him, with plans by Section 13 to make him a MoleInCharge for the North American branch after Chang is taken down, in order to provide them the means to strike at the other branches. [[spoiler: Except it turns out that [[DoubleAgent Harold was a Dark Hand leader all along]] and was playing Jackie and Section 13.]]
** Count Cornelius serves as this for the Rebellion among the other nobles.
* In VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition fanfic ''FanFic/WalkingInCircles'', after escaping Ostwick Circle, [[spoiler: Evelyn]] becomes Solas’s mole as Tranquil are always overlooked or ignored by other people and thus being perfect for spying duty. It should be noted that he didn’t force her to do so and it was her suggestion in the first place since Tranquil hate, as much as they can, being idle.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': The sequel ''Picking Up the Pieces'' reveals that part of the Hidden Guard's duties include finding these and removing them. In chapter 15, Memorizing Gaze mentions that a few centuries before, when one of his ancestors was in charge, they had discovered a few Moles in the Guard who were working for an organized crime ring in order to make it easier for their associates to get away with their actions; the entire ring was swept up and arrested as a result.
* ''Fanfic/DoubleAgentVader'' is based on the concept of [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] having a HeelFaceTurn years before ''Film/ANewHope'', and then beginning to feed information to the Rebellion in the hopes of bringing down Palpatine.
** [[spoiler: Lorth Needa]] is later revealed to have turned on the Empire as well after [[DefectorFromDecadence Alderaan's destruction, since his wife was from there]].
* In the PeggySue fic, ''Fanfic/RiseOfANewMoon'', [[GenderFlip Luna]] manages to turn Jeremiah, Viletta, Euphie and Suzaku to her side and use them to wage a bloodless campaign to take over Japan.
* In the old crossover ''Fanfic/WhatInsertion'', Inuyasha tries to turn Sherry into a Mole within the Black Organization, intending to have her feed any information she can to Phibrizzo if she crosses paths with him. Sherry is understandably reluctant to do so, and it ultimately becomes moot weeks later when Gin tries to kill her for unrelated reasons.
* In ''Fanfic/BloomInWinter'', Izuku is forced by his father's boss, Vicious, to attend U.A. as a general education student and spy on all the teachers and students to find their weaknesses. They're particularly interested in finding All Might's weakness and the thought of doing this makes Izuku sick. But he can't resist for as long as [[IHaveYourWife his mom is held hostage]] by the organization.
* In ''Fanfic/FadedBlue'', Greg only comes across Rose Quartz - leader of the Crystal Gems, shatterer of Pink Diamond and Blue Diamond's enemy - by pure coincidence. He tried to keep his distance but Rose seems to be fascinated by him and quickly becomes friends. He then uses her as an unwitting informant in order to keep Steven and Blue Pearl safe, and later uses her to find Rose's fountain so that Lapis can heal her cracked gem.
* In ''Fanfic/APinkPlanet'', Blue Diamond had planted an Aquamarine on Earth to spy on Pink Diamond's activities.
* In ''Fanfic/DanceWithTheDemons'', King Faraday offers to help Batman solve a case, but in reality he is attempting to luring Batman and the Outsiders into a trap set up by the Kobra cult. Unfortunately for him, Batman sees through his ruse.
* ''Fanfic/CatRa'': [[spoiler:Thanks to Catra making a far worse impression at the Princess Prom so that the Horde never has to show their true colors, Frosta teams up with them to infiltrate the Princess Alliance at the end of Season 1.]]
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* ''Film/ThirteenSins'': It's implied that a large number of people are involved in the game, including people high up in authority. [[spoiler:Det. Chilcoat]] seems to be a reasonable authority figure, trying to figure out the game. [[spoiler:He's actually their cleanup guy]].
* [[spoiler:Fay]] in ''Film/AdoptingTerror'', is feeding information to the biological father who's terrorizing the adoptive family.
* A One Nation Earth officer in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series movie ''Tribulation'' shows up in a Christian hideout ready to kill all the Christians in it, but as it turns out only fires blanks, revealing himself to be on their side.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'': #3 in Doctor Evil's organisation is actually a mole for British Intelligence, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and has a huge mole on his face]]. HilarityEnsues.
%%* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''[[spoiler:Father]].
* ''Film/BigGame'' has two: Morris disables Air Force One's self-defense systems, allowing Hazar to take it down, and [[spoiler:Herbert]] texts Hazar when situation deteriorates to the point the president must be killed instead of taken alive.
* In ''Film/BlackChristmas2019'', [[spoiler:Helena]] apparently believes in the frat's stance on the position of women, and acts a mole inside the sorority: stealing the items the frat uses to track their victims.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' played with this trope and its variants; when two characters join Wallace's crew, one appears to be the mole but it turns out to be the other one and the first one [[StabTheScorpion saves the hero]].
* The prisoners in ''Film/BreathingRoom'' soon realize that one of them must be feeding information to their captors. It's [[spoiler:Number 14]].
* ''Film/{{Bunni}}'': Chris is revealed to be working with the killer[[spoiler:, aka, his mom]].
* ''Film/CaptiveState'': [[spoiler:Mulligan]] turns out to be one in the government for the Resistance.
* There are two in ''Film/CarlitosWay''. One is revealed right away and is working for the FBI, the other is not revealed until the ending.
* In ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'', the BigBad Dragon cannot figure how the Chai Lais always manage to turn up in time to thwart his schemes. At the end of the film, the Chai Lais handler reveals that he had a spy planted in Dragan's oragnisation. [[spoiler:It's Katherine.]]
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' is the story of a mole in the Massachusetts State Police and another in the Boston Mafia trying to discover each other.
** At one point the mole is tasked at trying to find the mole in within the State Police, Himself. [[spoiler: He wasn't the only mole; unbeknownst to him until the very end]].
** Which is a remake of ''Film/InfernalAffairs'', where the mole was in the Hong Kong police and the other mole was in the Triads.
* In ''Film/{{Disraeli}}'', the Russians have a mole in the office of Prime Minister UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli. Disraeli knows this, and uses the situation to his advantage.
* ''Film/DogSoldiers'' had a mole, who didn't '''''intend''''' to be the mole originally. The one woman who rescued the soldiers from the Werewolves and tries to help them escape from the surrounded country house is revealed to be a member of the Werewolf family herself. Apparently, it seemed she thought the soldiers knew about the beasts and had come to rescue her (and perhaps cure her) from the Werewolves. However after every escape plan goes wrong, she reveals herself to be one of them, reveals that she had let the rest of the wolves in the house while they were busy and begins changing into one of them herself.
** She is promptly [[BoomHeadshot shot in the head]] seconds later.
* In ''Film/EasternCondors'', one of the Cambodian guerillas aiding the squad is secretly working for the Viet Cong and betrays the team to the Vietnamese army.
* In ''Film/TheGatlingGun'', Leona is secretly in league with Two Knives and steals the firing pin from the Gatling gun to render it inoperable.
* ''Film/{{Get Smart}}'': [[spoiler: Agent 23]]
* In ''Film/GForce'' [[spoiler: Speckles, the MissionControl Star-nosed Mole [[BackFromTheDead comes back from an unfortunate garbage truck incident]] (he got in an empty soup can and used it to roll it down to the dump) to reveal himself as the one who's actually turning household appliances into killing machines]].
* The TV film ''Guardian Angel'' has [[spoiler:Lawton Hobbs' maid, Maria]] in this role.
* [[spoiler: Anna]] in ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''.
* In ''Film/HangmenAlsoDie'', [[spoiler:Czaka]] is a Nazi collaborator in the Resistance.
* ''{{Film/Headhunters}}'' shows Ove as an employee of a security company who was specifically planted to deactivate alarms for his art burglar friend.
* In ''Film/TheHeat'', [[spoiler:Adam, the DEA agent, was Larkin all along]].
* In the fourth ''Film/{{HomeAlone}}'' film, Kevin suspects that the burglars have an inside man who is helping them with the kidnapping and believes it to be Mr. Prescott. [[spoiler: He is surprisingly right, although it turns out to be the maid Molly, who is also Marv's mother]].
* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'': [[spoiler:Jin pretends to go to the good side before going for an actual HeelFaceTurn, but everybody thinks that he's still working for the government. Then we find that Leo, who set up Jin's finding out where the Flying Daggers were, is actually one of the Flying Daggers and was a mole.]]
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** Indy's partner Mac in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' [[DoubleAgent flips sides multiple times]] over the course of the movie. What he's really working for is the money.
--->"So what, you're a triple agent?"\\
"No, I just lied about being a double."
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Dr. Elsa Schneider is revealed to be working with the Nazis about halfway through the film. She pretended to help Indy in order to obtain Henry Sr.'s grail diary, which could confirm the location of the Grail's resting place. Elsa, however, subverts her role when she purposefully gives Donovan the wrong grail, which eliminates him from the picture, allowing Indy to obtain the true grail and heal his father. In the end, this (questionable) redemption is not enough, as she tries to leave with the grail from the temple. In a TakeMyHand moment, she can't keep herself from reaching for the grail below her as she hangs on to Indy above a deep abyss. She ultimately [[DeathByMaterialism loses her life]] when her gloved hand slips away and she falls to her death.
* In ''Film/IpMan2'', [[spoiler: "Fatso"]] appears to be a minion of the [[PoliceBrutality brutal British]] at first, until he turns out to be working for their arrest. Foreshadowed by [[spoiler: his offering to silence editor-in-chief Kan, then not doing so after the British policeman leaves.]]
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/DrNo''. Miss Taro is an agent of Dr. No who works as a secretary in Government House, passing classified information on to him.
** In both ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', an [[TheIlluminati Illuminati-esque]] [[TheSyndicate crime syndicate]] known only as "Quantum" has its operatives planted within many governments and corporations as a way to secretly dominate the world and tilt events to its favor. They've even managed to penetrate [=MI6=], CIA and even the Canadian and Russian intelligence services. For example, the BigBad of ''Quantum of Solace'', Dominic Greene, for instance, is the head of a ''Greenpeace''-style organization that is actually in business with a lot of shady corporations and criminals. In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', it's later revealed that [[spoiler:SPECTRE and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld is the one behind the villains of ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and even bankrolled Raoul Silva's schemes in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. Blofeld's EvilPlan is to seize control of the world's major intelligence agencies through a series of staged terrorist attacks, and the data would then be forwarded to him via his moles, including Max Denbigh, the head of the merged MI5 and [=MI6=].]]
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', [[spoiler:37th Dolan]] turns out to have infiltrated the Axe and Cross to aid the Witch Queen's supporters.
* Although the cast spends a large part of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' thinking that [[spoiler: Skinner]] is The Mole, it turns out to actually be [[spoiler: Dorian Gray]].
* ''Film/MallCop'': [[spoiler:Paul Blart's trainee Veck Sims]] is the main villain. [[spoiler: The trainee]] is the brainy.
* ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'': Richards (played by James Spader of ''Series/TheBlacklist).'' Yes, a plant for a rival ''department store'' seeking to buy out the one he is infiltrating.
* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/MissionImpossible'', [[spoiler:the team leader Jim Phelps, essentially reversing his portrayal for ''the entire run of the original and second series'']].
%%* Assjuice, very briefly in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's MistakenIdentity film ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' features a mole inside the crime syndicate. Naturally, it's the FemmeFatale.
* ''Film/NoWayOut'' features a remarkable combination of a mole and a RedHerringMole. The murder of the mistress (Sean Young) to the Secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman) is blamed on a Soviet mole as a RedHerring to divert attention from the real killer (the Secretary himself). The protagonist (Kevin Costner) must race to find evidence of this before they figure out that [[HiredToHuntYourself he's the one being framed]]. The twist is that [[spoiler:although he didn't kill the girl, Costner really ''is'' a Soviet mole]].
* In ''Film/ThePhenixCityStory'', [[spoiler:Jeb Bassett]], one of the Pattersons' associates, secretly reports to mob boss Rhett Tanner.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. After a heist goes wrong, the main characters become paranoid, with Mr Pink repeatedly claiming there has to be a mole. [[spoiler:We eventually discover it was Mr Orange]].
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilTheFinalChapter'', the Red Queen warns Alice that there's an Umbrella agent amongst the group helping her infiltrate the Hive. It turns out to be [[spoiler: Doc]], which Alice [[GenreSavvy has already figured out]] by the time it's revealed, since they're the only one of the group other than her and [[spoiler: Claire]] who's still alive.
* [[spoiler: Tex]] in ''Film/RobotJox''.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'' parodies this trope's ''name''. The villains have a mole in the U.S. government that allows them to get information about what the government is doing. The mole is revealed to be a literal mole that is part of the President's Staff.
* One of the people in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' is not actually "{{Ronin}}", and is still working for his/her agency. [[spoiler:It's Sam]].
* In ''Film/RunningScared'', the two protagonists seem about ready to be gunned down by gangsters fairly early in. Lo and behold, two of [[BigBad the bad guy's]] {{Mooks}} turn out to be undercover cops and rescue them.
%%* The movie ''Film/{{Salt}}'' is filled with moles.
* In ''Film/Seven1979'', Mailei is actually working for Harris and reporting on the plans of TheSyndicate to take over Hawaii. However, when she is sent to help the Seven, she reveals her true colours as a SixthRangerTraitor.
* [[spoiler:Andy]], in ''Film/{{Shuttle}}'', appears to be one of the passengers held hostage by The Driver, but is actually his conspirator, which comes in handy when the heroes get the upper hand.
* ''Film/ShotCaller'': [[spoiler:Shotgun]] is working with Officer Kutcher to bring down Jacob and the rest of the Aryan Brotherhood, since his drug-smuggling girlfriend has a twenty year sentence hanging over her head. Jacob kills him when he finds out.
* [[spoiler: Becky]] in ''Film/SinCity'' ends up ratting the Old Town girls out to the mob.
* In ''Film/SistersOfDeath'', Mr. Clyburn tells the girls that one of them knew for sure that the hazing ritual that killed his daughter seven years ago was sabotaged, and that that witness was working with him. It was[[spoiler: Sylvia]], who actually pulled the trigger in the ritual
* ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'': [[spoiler:Robby]] sold out his friends to the Germans and lured them into a trap during the beach operation. He's later assassinated by Guus, who is himself arrested in the process.
* In ''Film/{{Spy}}'', Karen Walker turns out to be one. [[spoiler: Bradley, meanwhile, reveals himself to be a mole for Rayna, but is actually a mole for the CIA.]]
* The director of intelligence in ''Film/StarshipTroopers3Marauder'' is initially seen by one of the protagonists (and the audience) as a traitor who's trying to assassinate the Sky Marshal, covering up the failed attempt and preventing his rescue, and seizing power. Well, she actually is doing all that...because the Sky Marshal has gone nutty (well, nuttier) and is going to sell humanity out to the enemy.
* '' Franchise/StarWars'':
** [[PersonOfMassDestruction Palpatine]], the kindly [[AFatherToHisMen patrician]] [[CoolOldGuy Senator]], turns out to be a FauxAffablyEvil CorruptPolitician Mole for TheDarkSide against the Jedi-influenced leadership of the Old Republic. He becomes TheEmperor and the iconic BigBad of the entire series.
** ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'': [[spoiler:General Hux]] is concerned enough over [[spoiler:Ren’s]] influence over the Dark Side that he aids [[LaResistance the Resistance]] in infiltrating a key First Order starship, without fully turning over to their side.
* ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'' involves one of these in a German POW camp during [=WW2=]. It turns out to be someone other than who everyone assumes it to be.
* In ''Film/TheThieves'', [[spoiler:Julie]] is planted on the team by the Hong Kong Police to lead them to the reclusive fence Wei Hong. Interesting [[spoiler: her]] father really is a notorious thief, the reason that the undercover role was so easily believed.
* ''Film/WildWind'' has an American spy impersonate a Nazi collaborator.
* In ''Film/TheWindmillMassacre'', [[spoiler:coach driver Abe]] is actually an agent of the Miller, delivering souls to him, and referring to him as "Master".
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'': [[spoiler:Slugworth]]. More precisely, it's a man in Wonka's employ pretending to be an industrial spy to tempt the kids as a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Kayla Silverfox was one for her sister's sake, but changed once Victor makes things worse.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A conspiracy theory was suggested when Wrestling/VinceRusso arrived in Wrestling/{{WCW}} from Wrestling/{{WWF}} in October 1999, based on how, in his attempts to turn ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' into ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', he managed to take a product that was already in terrible shape, thanks to roughly a year of Wrestling/KevinNash as head booker, and [[FromBadToWorse made it EVEN WORSE!]]. [[{{WMG/WWE}} Many believe]] Wrestling/HulkHogan would later become a mole in [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]].
* Wrestling/RobVanDam was called a SellOut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} for wrestling on [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]] while still under ECW contract, but it turned out that RVD was actually the mole for the ECW/WCW alliance to put the WWF out of business (said alliance ignored the fact ECW hated WCW ''more'' than the WWF, but no one called Invasion a great angle).
* Used and subverted in Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}. One of the ''[[{{Face}} tecnicos]]'' had betrayed the others and gave ''[[{{Heel}} rudo]]'' Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}} the counter to Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush's feared submission finisher the CHIKARA Special to pass on to bigger ''rudo'' Wrestling/ChrisHero. [=UltraMantis=] also hypnotized tecnico Tim Donst into joining his stable the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple. Except, Donst was faking the amnesia, and while one of the rudos he discovered that the traitor of the tecnicos was [[spoiler:Wrestling/ShaneStorm]]. Donst told Quackenbush, who attacked [[spoiler:Storm]] before he could pull off a full fledged reveal and betrayal.
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze was a ''long'' time ally of [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Matt Sydal]], so the idea of her being the mole of Generation Next to Wrestling/PrinceNana's Embassy was just a little unexpected.
* In Wrestling/{{WSU}}, Becky Bayless was a mole who pretended to hate Alicia's guts while secretly helping her win and retain the WSU Title.
* Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli was the mole against Wrestling/RingOfHonor for Wrestling/ChrisHero, who instigated the ROH Wrestling/{{CZW}} feud.
* When [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D]] set out to destroy the X division of TNA, the HandWave for two men taking out an entire competitive division was that they had a mole inside it, who turned out to be Johnny Devine.
* Wrestling/TaylorWilde brought Wrestling/MadisonRayne into TNA to aid her against Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople, which quickly backfired, as Rayne had been working for those very same Beautiful People. This happened to Wilde ''again'' when she worked with Rhaka Khan against The Kongtorage only to painfully learn Khan was one of their members.
* TNA's Wrestling/AcesAndEights was a whole angle about someone being the mole against TNA wrestling. It was Wrestling/DLoBrown, or so it seemed, [[MoleInCharge but it actually went much deeper than that]].
* When CHAOS invaded Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH in 2013, MAYBACH Taniguchi revealed he was the mole in No Mercy when he attacked Wrestling/{{KENTA|Kobayashi}} in favor of Takashi Iizuka and Wrestling/ToruYano.
* During the CHAOS Wrestling/BulletClub feud in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, Yujiro Takahashi turned out to be the mole against the former for the latter, betraying Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada to Wrestling/PrinceDevitt.
* Amanda Rodriguez, the first woman Wrestling/IvelisseVelez recruited for Las Sicarias, was turned against the group by her EvilMentor Amber O'Neal by preying on Rodriguez's dislike of newere recruit Wrestling/TheaTrinidad. Rodriguez distracted Velez during a SHINE title match against [=LuFisto=] of the rival [=C4=] faction, but instead of being welcomed in [=LuFisto=] dumped Rodriguez ''and'' O'Neal for [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer being of any use]] now that no Sicarias were singles contenders.
* After [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake the Zodiac (Brutus Beefcake)]] left the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom in February 1996, he was repackaged as The Booty Man (sort of like [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Billy Gunn's "Mr. Ass" gimmick]]), now a {{Face}} and a Friend of Hogan. Hulk [[LampshadeHanging explained]] that he had sent him into the Dungeon as a "mole." However, [[FridgeBrilliance it actually DOES make sense]] when you consider the finish of the [[GimmickMatches War Games]] match between the Hulkamaniacs (Hogan/Savage/Sting/Luger) and the Dungeon of Doom (Kamala/Shark/Zodiac/Meng) at ''WCW Fall Brawl 95'', September 17, 1995. The Hulkamaniacs won when Hogan forced Zodiac to submit. Hulk ''had'' to have Zodiac be the one to submit, since he was the weakest guy on the team, (also because Wrestling/{{Kamala}} didn't speak, Wrestling/{{Meng}} was/is a legitimate badass [[WrestlingMonster Monster]] and [[Wrestling/JohnTenta the Shark]] was too big) and because it would have looked suspicious if Hulk had fought with the other three guys but left Zodiac alone. The two might have planned for Hogan to not actually apply any pressure when he locked on the submission (so as not to hurt his friend any more than he had to), but for Zodiac to submit anyway (to give his friend Hogan the win against the DOD team). Kind of like a less stupid version of the FingerpokeOfDoom.
* Toward the end of the much-despised [[Wrestling/TheInvasionAngle Alliance angle]] where Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} tried to put [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]] out of business, Wrestling/KurtAngle, who had been a major figure in Team WWF, suddenly joined the Alliance out of nowhere. After Vince tried making the Alliance believe Wrestling/{{Stone Cold|Steve Austin}} was really a mole planted by him, it is revealed that it was Kurt Angle who was the actual mole, costing the Alliance their main event match, and ending the Alliance for good.
* Billy El Malo of [[PowerStable La Milicia]], which was in turn part of [[LegionOfDoom La Sociedad]] running amok over Wrestling/{{AAA}}, revealed in 2011 that two months after La Sociedad's founding he had been working in secret against the group from within on the behalf of Cibernético. He then officially left them for rival group Los Bizarros. Cibernético would later try to join La Sociedad as a mole himself [[ItOnlyWorksOnce but got beaten up]] by Los Perros Del Mal.
* While [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] is a bad guy, she only joined Strength In Numbers when they approached her in the Pro Wrestling Syndicate so she could set them up to catch a beat down from the Backseat Girlz, the biggest good guy group in the Bombshell's division who S.I.N. was planning to ambush. She did this because she believed Missy Sampson and Annie Social to be {{worthy opponent}}s.
* After spending the better part of 2013 getting screwed over by Wrestling/TheAuthority, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] publicly gave up fighting a machine he could not beat on his own and joined Wrestling/TheWyattFamily for supposed help on the last show of that year. He actually did this to get closer to Wrestling/BrayWyatt, who had been giving him almost as much trouble as the Authority, taking revenge earlier than planned, in January 2014 after the Wyatts tried to pull a YouHaveFailedMe on him.
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* In ''Webcomic/SwordCatPrincess'', Arayna is [[http://swordcatprincess.thecomicseries.com/comics/50/ called in as a healer for the injured Julia]], but was already secretly working for [=MacKnight=], [[http://swordcatprincess.thecomicseries.com/comics/97/ in disguise as Silver Smiley]]. She did so to help him create a "World Without Death", to make sure her sister Kathryn could never find a permanent death so she would definitely never die.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000617c Dr. Wily]], not that it's hard to tell if you try.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1625491/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-31/ the villain boasts of having so many as to make fighting him impossible]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': Orla O'Malley is part of La Familia. Nobody in-universe knows this but La Familia.
* Jesse in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' was revealed to be the mole; his real name is Jesspin, and he is loyal to the time-traveling conquer General Maximilianna. Subverted in that Jesse still exists as a secondary personality within Jesspin and is loyal to AEGIS. When Jesspin told "Jesse" that no one would believe that he wasn't a traitor, "Jesse" answered, "That's what will make this fun. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark I do my best work in the dark]]."
* [[spoiler:Wooster, Gil's loyal companion]] in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', turns out to be a mole from Britain. Unfortunately for him, the one he was spying on knows. That's why he made sure to keep him close, so he can keep an eye on him.
** A more dangerous Mole was [[spoiler:Rovainen]], when it turns out that he is a revenant.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2574.html here]]. Although in this case, [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't actually apply to this comic]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Dr. Ginny Smith]].
* In [[http://mortifer.smackjeeves.com Mortifer]], [[spoiler: William Aussek, the newly appointed leader of the local supernatural law enforcement, is revealed to be MagnificentBastard Joey Von Krause in disguise]]. A more straight example would be [[spoiler: Matthew]], who is revealed [[spoiler: Post TimeSkip]] to be informing on Joey to [[spoiler: Vlad Hynner -- Matthew's pissed at Joey for more or less relegating him to desk work, preventing him from venting his PsychoForHire tendencies. Also, it's revealed that Alyce was working for Vlad the whole time as a double agent]].
* In an early ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' arc, [[spoiler:Riff]] is revealed to have been acting as a mole for Hereti-Corp since before the series began, albeit unintentionally.
** And in the "Phoenix Rising" storyline [[spoiler:"Nash Straw" turns out not to be an investigative reporter, but an assassin the Canadian Mafia hired to kill Oasis]].
** [[spoiler:Riff's girlfriend Monica]] is actually a K'Z'K worshipper sent to spy on the main characters by Chilus.
** In the "Research and Development Wars" arc, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Sasha has been a Hereti-Corp spy all along.]]
** Torg's purpose for joining the Minion Master in the first place, not to mention the various supervillain organizations he infiltrates.
** Possibly Dr Schlock's motive for taking over Heretti-Corp; in spite of BecomingTheMask he does keep the villainy minimized, and feels regret for the damage he's responsible for.
* Ever since [[spoiler:Sadako]] entered the ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' storyline, readers were not sure exactly who she was or what her relation to Lia was. When the big DramaBomb hits, it becomes more apparent who [[spoiler:Sadako]] is.
* ''Webcomic/StringTheory'': [[spoiler: [=JayJay=]]] tells the warden about the explosives in order to lighten his sentence.

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[[folder:Webcomics]]
[[folder:Real Life]]
* In ''Webcomic/SwordCatPrincess'', Arayna is [[http://swordcatprincess.thecomicseries.com/comics/50/ called in From 1968-1985, US Navy Warrant Officer John Anthony Walker acted as a healer spy for the injured Julia]], but Soviet Union, handing over thousands of pages of classified documents in exchange for millions of dollars in cash payments. Despite two decades of espionage, Walker was already secretly working for [=MacKnight=], [[http://swordcatprincess.thecomicseries.com/comics/97/ in disguise as Silver Smiley]]. She did so to help him create a "World Without Death", to make sure her sister Kathryn could never find a permanent death so she would definitely never die.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000617c Dr. Wily]], not that it's hard to tell if you try.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1625491/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-31/
even suspected of criminal activity by authorities. He received an honorable retirement from the villain boasts navy in 1976 and continued his spying even after leaving service, getting his son (who was also in the navy) involved in his activities as well. Walker's downfall and arrest only happened as a result of having so many as to make fighting his estranged ex-wife turning him impossible]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': Orla O'Malley is part of La Familia. Nobody in-universe knows this but La Familia.
* Jesse in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}''
in. When asked how he was revealed able to be get away with espionage for so long without being detected, he said "K-Mart has better security than the mole; his real name is Jesspin, and he is loyal Navy".
* FBI Agent Robert Hanssen, one of the most damaging moles American counter-intelligence has ever had. Sold information
to the time-traveling conquer General Maximilianna. Subverted in USSR that Jesse still exists as a secondary personality within Jesspin resulted in the deaths of many agents and is loyal to AEGIS. When Jesspin told "Jesse" that no defectors over a two decade period. At one would believe that he point, Hanssen was tasked in his counter-intelligence work [[DetectiveMole to find the Soviet mole]]. [[HiredToHuntYourself He was looking for himself]]!
** His damage
wasn't limited to the intelligence community. Hanssen is thought to have leaked information on the FBI's manhunt for Osama bin Laden to Russian handlers. This information ended up on the black market, and eventually into the hands of bin Laden himself. This leak is thought to have helped facilitate 9/11.
*** Efforts to identify and capture Hanssen were complicated by the fact that he and Aldrich Ames (below),
a traitor, "Jesse" answered, "That's what will make this fun. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark I do my best work Russian mole in the dark]]."
* [[spoiler:Wooster, Gil's loyal companion]]
CIA, were operating at the same time and in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', turns some cases leaked the same information.
* Aldrich Hazen Ames, one of the most notorious double agents in CIA history. Received approximately $4.6 million from the Soviets for selling out several CIA sources and operations to them from the 80s until his capture in 1994. His actions as a Soviet mole were so shocking and poignant that a movie was made about him, ''Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within'', and he's been referenced in several espionage stories since his discovery. Also infamous for beating the regular CIA polygraph tests by being very calm.
* Several of the Cambridge Five in the UK could be classed as this, but the most infamous would probably be Kim Philby who, as a long-term spy for the Soviet Union within [=MI6=], at one point became head of Section IX: tasked with counter-espionage against the USSR; at another point he was [=MI6=]'s liasion with the CIA. This had a direct effect on the psychology of the CIA, with agency chief James Jesus Angleton, already a suspicious man, becoming TheParanoiac and going on an equally destructive witch hunt in the American intelligence community.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zborowski Mark Zborowski]], yet another Soviet mole. He wormed his way into Trotsky's circle and possibly assisted in the death of Trotsky's son.
* Anna Chapman, the gorgeous hot chick, turned
out to be a mole spy for the Russians. Along with [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial nine other nameless guys]], by the way, whom the media didn't care about.
* When the British anti-capitalistic left-wing organisation [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Greenpeace Lordon Greenpeace]] was involved the so-called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLibel_case McLibel case]]" against UsefulNotes/McDonalds, it was estimated that up to one ''half'' of the members of the organisation was moles both planted by the British police and [=McDonald=]'s itself.
* A black police officer once managed to join a chapter of the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan and bring it down
from Britain. Unfortunately within. It happened in 1979, when undercover cop Ron Stallworth spotted a recruitment ad for him, the KKK in his Colorado Springs newspaper. Ron called them to apply to see if he could infiltrate the group, but there was one problem - he was spying black. Still, over the phone, he put on knows. That's why an Oscar-worthy performance, telling them he made sure to keep him close, so he can keep an eye on him.
** A more dangerous Mole
was [[spoiler:Rovainen]], when it turns out a white man tired of being harassed by authorities, and even gave them a story about how angry he was that his sister was dating an African American (''not'' the term he is a revenant.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2574.html here]]. Although in this case, [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't
actually apply to this comic]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Dr. Ginny Smith]].
* In [[http://mortifer.smackjeeves.com Mortifer]], [[spoiler: William Aussek, the newly appointed leader of the local supernatural law enforcement, is revealed to be MagnificentBastard Joey Von Krause in disguise]]. A more straight example would be [[spoiler: Matthew]], who is revealed [[spoiler: Post TimeSkip]] to be informing on Joey to [[spoiler: Vlad Hynner -- Matthew's pissed at Joey for more or less relegating him to desk work, preventing him from venting his PsychoForHire tendencies. Also, it's revealed that Alyce
used). Amazingly, it worked. Stillman's partner - a white narcotics officer - was working for Vlad the whole time as a double agent]].
* In
able to meet with them in person, use several of Stallworth's non-photo [=IDs=] to gain an early ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' arc, [[spoiler:Riff]] is revealed to have been acting as a mole for Hereti-Corp since application, and before long, Stillman was inducted into the series began, albeit unintentionally.
** And
group. His partner attended Klan meetings in his place for a full year, while Stillman himself chatted with the "Phoenix Rising" storyline [[spoiler:"Nash Straw" turns out not to be an investigative reporter, but an assassin Klansmen over the Canadian Mafia hired phone, gaining information they ''did not'' want non-members to kill Oasis]].
** [[spoiler:Riff's girlfriend Monica]] is actually a K'Z'K worshipper sent to spy on the main characters by Chilus.
** In the "Research and Development Wars" arc, it is revealed
get. Even Grand Wizard David Duke was fooled this way; ironically, Duke told Stallworth in one phone conversation that [[spoiler:Sasha has been he could identify a Hereti-Corp spy all along.black man via his voice. End result, Stallworth was able to become a rather influential member and prevented any cross burnings from occurring in Colorado Springs. He was so proud of his work that he eventually framed his KKK membership card and hung it in his office until his retirement. The story was told in a book and [[Film/BlacKkKlansman movie.]]
** Torg's purpose for joining the Minion Master in the first place, not * OlderThanPrint: The Southampton Plot of 1415 was a conspiracy to mention the various supervillain organizations he infiltrates.
** Possibly Dr Schlock's motive for taking over Heretti-Corp; in spite
replace King Henry V with Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of BecomingTheMask he does keep the villainy minimized, and feels regret for the damage he's responsible for.
* Ever since [[spoiler:Sadako]] entered the ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' storyline, readers
March. The ringleaders were not sure exactly who she was or what her relation betrayed to Lia was. When the big DramaBomb hits, it becomes more apparent who [[spoiler:Sadako]] is.
* ''Webcomic/StringTheory'': [[spoiler: [=JayJay=]]] tells the warden about the explosives in order to lighten his sentence.
Henry V (who had them promptly arrested and executed) by none other than ... Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March.



[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/KateModern'' season 2 featured two examples of this; first [[spoiler:Terry]] and later [[spoiler:Julia]].
* The ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'' finale revealed that [[spoiler:Sarah Genatiempo]] was in the Order all along.
* ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15''
** [[spoiler:Dr. Hart]], who is one of the protagonists for a significant proportion of series 2, before eventually revealing himself to be a villain [[spoiler:(but he switches sides during the season finale, "Bloodlines")]].
** A particularly unusual example happened during the live event seen in "Too Dangerous!", in which a group of fans were invited to meet Daniel and Jonas, in person, in San Francisco, and take part in the storyline. Greg Gallows, a popular FandomVIP of the series, was revealed to be a mole, passing information onto villain Lucy. Gallows went on to appear as an enemy {{mook}} in the following story, "Bloodlines".
** [[spoiler:Sarah]] was revealed to be a mole in "We're Screwed!"
** [[spoiler:Gemma]] never actually joins Bree or Daniel, but she helps from a distance. In "Tough Cookie" it's revealed that [[spoiler:she works for the Order and isn't even British.]]
** [[spoiler:Carl Adams]] in "Prom: It's To Die For".
* There's a variation in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 2, where [[FourIsDeath Big Four]] member Steven Wilson is tasked with scouting Bathurst High School (the other Four were assigned to other schools in the city) to find the best classes to target, and eventually to orchestrate those classes' abductions. They got him in place by forging documents and credentials to establish him as a qualified teacher and administrator, arranged for the previous Bathurst principal to "disappear", and then snuck him in as the new one. He then took over by using his previous military and leadership experience to take care of the administrative details. Ironically, the Bathurst students sealed their own fates by treating him rudely and with no respect, constantly causing trouble, and the two chosen classes were the ones he saw as the worst. Nobody not in the know saw it coming.
** Jodene Zalack in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three, who joined a group with the intent of infiltrating them and taking them out. She succeeded in killing Khrysta Lawrence and escaping entirely unharmed. She was planning to do the same to another group before it was decimated by [[AxCrazy Wade Wilson]].
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''' Melvin (Yami Marik) was a villain from the get go, but it's taken even further when he turns out to be The Mole ''for the series itself''. [[spoiler: He was hired by the CEO of 4Kids (Noah Kaiba) to cancel the show. [[TheBadGuyWins He succeeded.]]]]
* The ''LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} [[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Minecraft Series]]'' has [[spoiler: Lysander, who turns out to be a member of the evil cult of Israphel. And he burned down Mistral City while the heroes were investigating what happened to Old_Peculier's father.]]
** Subverted when it turns out [[spoiler:Lysander was framed and the person who actually burned down Mistral was a pirate named Jock Fireblast, with the reveal coming just before LetsPlay/LewisBrindley and LetsPlay/SimonLane can kill him.]] Played straight though when [[spoiler:Skylord_Vitali betrays the Skylords and kills them all.]]
* Nazetrîme in ''Series/{{Noob}}''. She's suprised nobody in the Noob guild figured it out given that [[spoiler:her Online Alias is an anagram to that of the Noob guild's resentful former Guild Master]].
* ''{{WebOriginal/URealmsLive}}'': [=DeNada=], who first appeared in ''Porc Hunters''. It is later revealed that he was an Ageless Spy working on the inside to gain information, and when the time came, to help his Ageless Allies try to awaken their God.
* The premise of WebVideo/JubileeMedia's web series ''Odd Man Out'': a group of seven people claim to be of a certain identity, but one is lying. Examples include "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP_V2zJgMA8 6 Beyonce Fans vs 1 Secret Hater]]", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3GlIR1RUFY 6 Christians vs 1 Secret Atheist]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5TGgJF7LIo 6 Vegans vs 1 Secret Meat Eater]]". The group must work to identify and vote out the liar, mostly through discussion of the identity in question. Whichever party wins - the mole or the other 6 - is awarded a cash prize.
* In ''WebVideo/EscapeTheNight'', the guests find out that there's a mole among them working with the evil, trying to kill them all, early on. This creates a ton of friction and drama between the group, only for them to find out it was the butler. Because of course it was.
** Shane's a heroic version of this, since he's a mole working for the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Society Against Evil.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* From 1968-1985, US Navy Warrant Officer John Anthony Walker acted as a spy for the Soviet Union, handing over thousands of pages of classified documents in exchange for millions of dollars in cash payments. Despite two decades of espionage, Walker was never even suspected of criminal activity by authorities. He received an honorable retirement from the navy in 1976 and continued his spying even after leaving service, getting his son (who was also in the navy) involved in his activities as well. Walker's downfall and arrest only happened as a result of his estranged ex-wife turning him in. When asked how he was able to get away with espionage for so long without being detected, he said "K-Mart has better security than the Navy".
* FBI Agent Robert Hanssen, one of the most damaging moles American counter-intelligence has ever had. Sold information to the USSR that resulted in the deaths of many agents and defectors over a two decade period. At one point, Hanssen was tasked in his counter-intelligence work [[DetectiveMole to find the Soviet mole]]. [[HiredToHuntYourself He was looking for himself]]!
** His damage wasn't limited to the intelligence community. Hanssen is thought to have leaked information on the FBI's manhunt for Osama bin Laden to Russian handlers. This information ended up on the black market, and eventually into the hands of bin Laden himself. This leak is thought to have helped facilitate 9/11.
*** Efforts to identify and capture Hanssen were complicated by the fact that he and Aldrich Ames (below), a Russian mole in the CIA, were operating at the same time and in some cases leaked the same information.
* Aldrich Hazen Ames, one of the most notorious double agents in CIA history. Received approximately $4.6 million from the Soviets for selling out several CIA sources and operations to them from the 80s until his capture in 1994. His actions as a Soviet mole were so shocking and poignant that a movie was made about him, ''Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within'', and he's been referenced in several espionage stories since his discovery. Also infamous for beating the regular CIA polygraph tests by being very calm.
* Several of the Cambridge Five in the UK could be classed as this, but the most infamous would probably be Kim Philby who, as a long-term spy for the Soviet Union within [=MI6=], at one point became head of Section IX: tasked with counter-espionage against the USSR; at another point he was [=MI6=]'s liasion with the CIA. This had a direct effect on the psychology of the CIA, with agency chief James Jesus Angleton, already a suspicious man, becoming TheParanoiac and going on an equally destructive witch hunt in the American intelligence community.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zborowski Mark Zborowski]], yet another Soviet mole. He wormed his way into Trotsky's circle and possibly assisted in the death of Trotsky's son.
* Anna Chapman, the gorgeous hot chick, turned out to be a spy for the Russians. Along with [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial nine other nameless guys]], by the way, whom the media didn't care about.
* When the British anti-capitalistic left-wing organisation [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Greenpeace Lordon Greenpeace]] was involved the so-called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLibel_case McLibel case]]" against UsefulNotes/McDonalds, it was estimated that up to one ''half'' of the members of the organisation was moles both planted by the British police and [=McDonald=]'s itself.
* A black police officer once managed to join a chapter of the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan and bring it down from within. It happened in 1979, when undercover cop Ron Stallworth spotted a recruitment ad for the KKK in his Colorado Springs newspaper. Ron called them to apply to see if he could infiltrate the group, but there was one problem - he was black. Still, over the phone, he put on an Oscar-worthy performance, telling them he was a white man tired of being harassed by authorities, and even gave them a story about how angry he was that his sister was dating an African American (''not'' the term he actually used). Amazingly, it worked. Stillman's partner - a white narcotics officer - was able to meet with them in person, use several of Stallworth's non-photo [=IDs=] to gain an application, and before long, Stillman was inducted into the group. His partner attended Klan meetings in his place for a full year, while Stillman himself chatted with the Klansmen over the phone, gaining information they ''did not'' want non-members to get. Even Grand Wizard David Duke was fooled this way; ironically, Duke told Stallworth in one phone conversation that he could identify a black man via his voice. End result, Stallworth was able to become a rather influential member and prevented any cross burnings from occurring in Colorado Springs. He was so proud of his work that he eventually framed his KKK membership card and hung it in his office until his retirement. The story was told in a book and [[Film/BlacKkKlansman movie.]]
* OlderThanPrint: The Southampton Plot of 1415 was a conspiracy to replace King Henry V with Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March. The ringleaders were betrayed to Henry V (who had them promptly arrested and executed) by none other than ... Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March.
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* TheMole/ComicBooks



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* As soon as Creator/ChrisClaremont returned to the ''ComicBook/XMen'', he revealed that Tessa (aka Sage) had been a Reverse Mole for the X-Men... for the first 20 years of her editorial history! Previously, she seemed to just be the telepathic secretary of the Hellfire Club's Sebastian Shaw. Given that it's ''[[KudzuPlot Claremont]]'', it's entirely possible he had this planned all along.
* In Creator/MarvelComics, The Shroud has been undercover as a supervillain since the '80s, even going so far as to form the Night Shift, a team of supervillains with no idea their boss is working to destroy the underworld from within. ComicBook/WerewolfByNight was also a member of the team, and since he was faking a FaceHeelTurn for the role (especially since a former foe of his, Tatterdemalion, was also on the team), was the only member of the team the Shroud trusted with his secret. When the Shroud left the Night Shift, Werewolf left as well.
* [[spoiler:Femme Appeal]] from the [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' comic.
* In ''ComicBook/SecretWars1984'', [[MakeMeWannaShout Klaw]] sabotages Doctor Doom's current AGodAmI powers [[spoiler: subconsciously, because the Beyonder has taken him over.]]
%% * Umber in ''Comicbook/SuperboyNew52'', who is a spy for ComicBook/LoisLane.
* In ''Comicbook/ActionComics'' #317, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} believes her friend Lena's boyfriend Jeff Colby is an enemy spy. Later she finds out that Jeff was really working with the FBI and trying to trap a spy ring.
* ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'': The cold assassin that Dodge brought on as part of his villain team up to take down Robin turns out to be Ravager having the time of her life messing with them while keeping Robin and the ComicBook/TeenTitans appraised of their plans. She's downright gleeful when the time comes to take them down and she gets to suddenly attack her "allies" and reveal her identity.
* Rob and the Jesters plant Much as a mole inside the Nobles biker gang in ''ComicBook/SherwoodTexas''.
* Lord Saampa in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' was chosen by an evil EldritchAbomination to lead the cult of the serpent god - but he keeps the busy with useless rituals so they don't hurt innocents, and tries to resist the monster's influence.
* Frank Wolff, Calculus's assistant in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' album ''Destination Moon/Explorers on the Moon''.
* The comic series ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has had several--Rodney Greenfield (who pretends to be a Mundy, not a Fable, and who the reader knows is a spy from the end of his first appearance), [[spoiler: the ironically named Trusty John (he IS trusty--just to his original master, who has joined the Adversary), Red Riding Hood (actually two different shapeshifting witches--the second being Baba Yaga), Ichabod Crane, and Bluebeard--although the one that he is secretly helping is Goldilocks, not the Adversary]].
* ''Franchise/XMen'':
** Mondo from ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' was revealed to be a traitor planted on the team to help destroy it from the inside. He reveals his teammates' weaknesses to his master, longtime X-Men foe Black Tom Cassidy.
** In ''ComicBook/Extermination2018'', the French twins rescued by the Blue team turn out to be working for Ahab.
** Storm of ''ComicBook/XMenForever'' was revealed to be a spy for an evil shadow group.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Wolverines}}'', Mystique is secretly working at cross-purposes to the rest of the group, using information left to her by Destiny to use them for her own ends.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': The titulalr hero's weakness for the ladies has led more than one of his enemies to employ a FemmeFatale Mole. In particular, Obadiah Stane used Indries Moomji this way with devastating effect. (She was the "Queen" among his [[TheChessmaster chess-themed agents]].)
* Part of the premise of DC's 1988 CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Millennium}}'' was that at least one character in every book was revealed to be secretly an agent of an evil alien robot cult. Since this was imposed from above on the hapless writers, the results were...variable.
* 20 years later, Marvel pulled off nearly the same thing in ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', rather more successfully. For one, there was much better coordination between writers and the editorial staff; for another, they didn't automatically mandate "one character per book", which kept the readers guessing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' had a Mole in the team as one of the running threads in its first 18-issue arc, leading to a particularly shocking reveal:
-->[[spoiler:'''Alex''']]: [[WhamLine Aren't you proud?]]
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'': A retcon and a bit of ArcWelding are eventually applied so that [[spoiler: Geoffrey St. John]]'s apparent FaceHeelTurn turns out to actually be this, stating that he's really been working for Ixis Naugus since before either of them were even introduced.
* Several are used in the ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series as part of a plot to stop the heroes' efforts to turn the planet into a police state.
* The ''VideoGame/PerfectDark: Janus Tears'' comic book revolves about Joanna Dark haunting a mole in the Carrington Institute.
* During the ''ComicBook/New52'' tun of ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'', it eventually turns out that [[spoiler: Black Spider]] is an agent of [[{{Cult}} Basilisk]], who allowed himself to be arrested and recruited into the Squad so that he could assassinate Waller.
* Terra of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' fame. The arc back in TheEighties was so famous it is still known as "ComicBook/TheJudasContract" arc. She is introduced when she apparently rescues the Titans and crushes Slade. It turns out she is working for Slade (and in fact his girlfriend) much later when she leads the Titans into a deathtrap. According to ''Comicbook/KnightAndSquire'' by Creator/PaulCornell, DC heroes now refer to this sort of thing as "a Judas contract".
* In one week of ''ComicBook/{{Wildlife}}'' strips, Hanley had Soviet moles in his garden. We meet one of them up close.
-->'''Mole''': [My name is] Avogadro. [[IncrediblyLamePun Here's my number]].
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1942 Vol 1]]: In Golden Age stories, U.S. Army Intelligence often seems to be the service from which CTU inherited its vetting procedures. ComicBook/SteveTrevor goes through a number of secretaries, almost all of whom turn out to be moles working for the bad guys. (Diana Prince didn't work for Trevor, but for his boss, Colonel Darnell. Though come to think of it, ''Diana herself'' was a mole, albeit for America's friendly ally, Paradise Island.)
* In ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', Australian naval officer and spy Rose Copen forms a lesbian relationship with Dr Allison Mann so she can accompany her and thus keep tabs on the last man on Earth [[spoiler:only to [[BecomingTheMask fall in love with Allison for real]]]].
* The first cycle of ''ComicBook/ArthurBenton'' revolves around a character who was sent as a spy in Germany in 1929, and had to play the perfect Nazi for the following 15 years. It's hard to classify said character as good or bad.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': In "Half-Life", there's a resistance movement against the increasingly murderous rule of old Deadworld's judges. It includes a man named Fuego, who lures them into an ambush before revealing himself to be an undercover Judge working for De'ath. It turns out that this is the human who became Judge Fire.
** ''ComicBook/{{Necronauts}}'': [[spoiler:H.P. Lovecraft]] has been recruited by the Sleepers in the Void to spy on Houdini and his allies. He redeems himself when they break him free of their influence.
* In ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', the residents of Earth-42 serve as this for the Empty Hand, acting as its eyes and ears.
* One major character in ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' in addition to their day job is feeding information to the CIA.
* A member of Astrid's inner circle in ''ComicBook/CleanRoom'' is recruited to pass information to the demons and sabotage the Mueller organization as appropriate.
* In ''ComicBook/MegaRoboBros'', [[spoiler:Jaqueline]] is one for Robot 23.
* In ''ComicBook/StarWarsMarvel2015'', Queen Trios of Shu-Toran makes contact with Leia during the ''Ashes of Jedha'' arc and reveals she's willing to act as an informant and agent for the Rebellion within the Empire. She proves her worth during the following ''Mutiny on Mon Cala'' arc, being key to helping the Rebels get what they need to get the titular mutiny kicked off. [[spoiler: Then the end of that arc's last issue reveals that [[DoubleAgent she's actually been working for Vader the whole time]], manipulating the Rebellion into trusting her so she could sabotage their fleet and sell out their headquarters to the Imperials. This plays out during the following ''Hope Dies'' arc, with Trios' deception being revealed and quickly earning her a place as Leia's new ArchEnemy.]]
* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'': In ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' Annual #7, it turns out that the Durlan Legionnaires Shape and Shift are conspiring with their people to prevent the re-establishment of the United Planets.
* ComicBook/UltimateMarvel
** ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': Many street heroes organize a group to go against the Kingpin. Iron Fist is forced to spy on them and report to the Kingpin.
** ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': Black Widow joined the team to help sabotage it. She actually worked for the Liberators.
** ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''
*** Initially, Wolverine joined the team to kill Xavier. He drops being a mole, and joins the X-Men for real.
*** Angel became Xavier's mole in the Academy of Tomorrow after being 'expelled' from the Xavier School.
** ''ComicBook/AllNewUltimates'': One of the cops driving the truck with Scourge was a watchdog taking part in his liberation.
* In ''ComicBook/TheGreenLantern'', the Guardians send Hal Jordan undercover with the Blackstars to find one of these within the Green Lantern Corps.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' stories provide several examples:
** Parodied in ''ComicBook/SupermanFamilyAdventures'' when ComicBook/LexLuthor gets a job at the ''Daily Planet''.
** In ''ComicBook/WhoIsSuperwoman'', the titular villain infiltrates the city of Kandor and poses as a Kryptonian in order to spy on the [[Franchise/{{Superman}} House of El]], per General Sam Lane's orders.
** In ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', Robot "Lois" is supposedly working for Lex Luthor, but in reality is an agent of ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}. Nevertheless, Luthor anticipated this and planned accordingly.
* ''ComicBook/DoubleDuck'': After her Heel–Face Turn, Kay K works for the Agency and becomes the mole into the Organization.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor's first go-around of an Injustice Gang in ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsJLA'' saw Franchise/{{Batman}} get ''three'' into the team: firstly by having Bruce outbid Luthor for the services of [[Franchise/TheFlash the Mirror Master]], secondly with the Connor Hawke ComicBook/GreenArrow feigning defection after [[Franchise/WonderWoman Circe]] tracks him and the Kyle Rayner Franchise/GreenLantern down, and lastly by having ComicBook/PlasticMan capture and impersonate Bruce's archnemesis ComicBook/TheJoker.
* Natalia Kassle of ''ComicBook/DangerGirl'' is introduced as one of the original members of the team. However, she is revealed to be a member of [[ThoseWackyNazis the Hammer Empire]] in #5 after having faked her death in #4.
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A bad guy who pretends to be a good guy. Their job is to gather intel for the BigBad and thus limit the effectiveness of the hero's side. The audience assumes they are a good guy until the sudden revelation. If well-done, catches the audience out. If especially well-done, it can be the climax of a WhamEpisode.

There will frequently be a showdown with the Mole, who then may return to the series from time to time when the writers want to bump up [[RatingsStunt ratings]]. Alternatively, if the Mole doesn't know they have been identified, the heroes can [[FeedTheMole feed them false information]]. Their cover story usually is a ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory.

A Mole who happens to be the ''only'' person the hero can turn to for expert assistance is the TreacherousAdvisor. If the mole is a SixthRanger for TheTeam then they're a SixthRangerTraitor. If the Mole helps pull off TheCaper, it becomes an InsideJob.

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A bad guy hero or villain who pretends to be a good guy. is secretly working for the other side. Their job is to gather intel for their superiors and/or sabotage the BigBad and thus limit other side's efforts while their supposed comrades are none the effectiveness of the hero's side. The audience assumes they are a good guy until the sudden revelation. If well-done, catches wiser.

In most cases,
the audience out. If especially well-done, it can be is unaware that a character is a mole until the climax of big reveal. In others, the audience is fully aware that a WhamEpisode.

There
character is a spy, and the work will frequently be a showdown with the Mole, who then may return utilize DramaticIrony as they try to the series hide their identity and motivations from time to time when the writers want to bump up [[RatingsStunt ratings]]. Alternatively, if the Mole doesn't know they have been identified, the heroes can [[FeedTheMole feed them false information]]. Their cover story usually is a ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory.

A Mole who happens to be the ''only'' person the hero can turn to for expert assistance is the TreacherousAdvisor. If the mole is a SixthRanger for TheTeam then they're a SixthRangerTraitor. If the Mole helps pull off TheCaper, it becomes an InsideJob.
their "colleagues".



Compare EvilAllAlong, in which the character was secretly evil, but may not have been reporting to a villain in particular.

A really successful example can even become the MoleInCharge.

UnholyHolySword is this trope applied to an artifact, weapon, or MacGuffin. TenLittleMurderVictims is an example of a plot concerning the hunt for The Mole. AWolfInSheepsClothing is The Mole via false identity. FlockOfWolves is a group where ''everyone'' is The Mole. And SocialDeductionGame is when players have to actively find out who the mole is.



See also TheInfiltration for the short-term version.

Compare BigBadFriend (an actual friend who is nevertheless a villain), {{Turncoat}} and LesCollaborateurs. Contrast FriendlyEnemy (a known villain who is nevertheless a friend) and FaceHeelTurn (where the character ''was'' good, but changed sides).

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See also TheInfiltration for the short-term version.

Compare BigBadFriend (an actual friend who is nevertheless a villain), EvilAllAlong (if the mole was pretending to be a hero but turned out to be on the villain's side) {{Turncoat}} and LesCollaborateurs. Contrast FriendlyEnemy (a known villain who is nevertheless a friend) friend). See also TheInfiltration for the short-term version, and FaceHeelTurn (where MoleInCharge for particularly successful spies who wind up the character ''was'' good, but changed sides).
boss.

TenLittleMurderVictims is an example of a plot concerning the hunt for The Mole. AWolfInSheepsClothing is The Mole via false identity. FlockOfWolves is a group where ''everyone'' is The Mole. And SocialDeductionGame is when players have to actively find out who the mole is.


* In ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', [[spoiler:Shinji] is feeding intelligence to the Japanese Government about what NERV and SEELE are really up to. However, given what they ARE up to, and what he is trying saving all humankind --including those he cares for--you would be hard-pressed to tell he is the bad guy here (and if they knew his motives, it's highly doubtful any character but Gendo and SEELE called him one). He is a good guy pretends to be a bad guy pretending to be a good guy.

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* In ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', [[spoiler:Shinji] [[spoiler:Shinji]] is feeding intelligence to the Japanese Government about what NERV and SEELE are really up to. However, given what they ARE up to, and what he is trying saving all humankind --including those he cares for--you would be hard-pressed to tell he is the bad guy here (and if they knew his motives, it's highly doubtful any character but Gendo and SEELE called him one). He is a good guy pretends to be a bad guy pretending to be a good guy.


%%* ''Film/AustinPowers'': '''"MOLEY-MOLEY-MOLEY!!!"'''

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%%* ''Film/AustinPowers'': '''"MOLEY-MOLEY-MOLEY!!!"'''* A One Nation Earth officer in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series movie ''Tribulation'' shows up in a Christian hideout ready to kill all the Christians in it, but as it turns out only fires blanks, revealing himself to be on their side.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'': #3 in Doctor Evil's organisation is actually a mole for British Intelligence, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and has a huge mole on his face]]. HilarityEnsues.



* In ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'', the BigBad Dragon cannot figure how the Chai Lais always manage to turn up in time to thwart his schemes. At the end of the film, the Chai Lais handler reveals that he had a spy planted in Dragan's oragnisation. [[spoiler:It's Katherine.]]



* In the fourth''Film/{{HomeAlone}}'' film, Kevin suspects that the burglars have an inside man who is helping them with the kidnapping and believes it to be Mr. Prescott. [[spoiler: He is surprisingly right, although it turns out to be the maid Molly, who is also Marv's mother]].
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Dr. Elsa Schneider is revealed to be working with the Nazis about halfway through the film. She pretended to help Indy in order to obtain Henry Sr.'s grail diary, which could confirm the location of the Grail's resting place. Elsa, however, subverts her role when she purposefully gives Donovan the wrong grail, which eliminates him from the picture, allowing Indy to obtain the true grail and heal his father. In the end, this (questionable) redemption is not enough, as she tries to leave with the grail from the temple. In a TakeMyHand moment, she can't keep herself from reaching for the grail below her as she hangs on to Indy above a deep abyss. She ultimately [[DeathByMaterialism loses her life]] when her gloved hand slips away and she falls to her death.

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* In the fourth''Film/{{HomeAlone}}'' fourth ''Film/{{HomeAlone}}'' film, Kevin suspects that the burglars have an inside man who is helping them with the kidnapping and believes it to be Mr. Prescott. [[spoiler: He is surprisingly right, although it turns out to be the maid Molly, who is also Marv's mother]].
* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'': [[spoiler:Jin pretends to go to the good side before going for an actual HeelFaceTurn, but everybody thinks that he's still working for the government. Then we find that Leo, who set up Jin's finding out where the Flying Daggers were, is actually one of the Flying Daggers and was a mole.]]
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** Indy's partner Mac in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' [[DoubleAgent flips sides multiple times]] over the course of the movie. What he's really working for is the money.
--->"So what, you're a triple agent?"\\
"No, I just lied about being a double."
**
In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Dr. Elsa Schneider is revealed to be working with the Nazis about halfway through the film. She pretended to help Indy in order to obtain Henry Sr.'s grail diary, which could confirm the location of the Grail's resting place. Elsa, however, subverts her role when she purposefully gives Donovan the wrong grail, which eliminates him from the picture, allowing Indy to obtain the true grail and heal his father. In the end, this (questionable) redemption is not enough, as she tries to leave with the grail from the temple. In a TakeMyHand moment, she can't keep herself from reaching for the grail below her as she hangs on to Indy above a deep abyss. She ultimately [[DeathByMaterialism loses her life]] when her gloved hand slips away and she falls to her death.death.
* In ''Film/IpMan2'', [[spoiler: "Fatso"]] appears to be a minion of the [[PoliceBrutality brutal British]] at first, until he turns out to be working for their arrest. Foreshadowed by [[spoiler: his offering to silence editor-in-chief Kan, then not doing so after the British policeman leaves.]]



* Assjuice, very briefly in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''.

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* %%* Assjuice, very briefly in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''.Neighbors]]''.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's MistakenIdentity film ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' features a mole inside the crime syndicate. Naturally, it's the FemmeFatale.



* The movie ''Film/{{Salt}}'' is filled with moles.

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* In ''Film/RunningScared'', the two protagonists seem about ready to be gunned down by gangsters fairly early in. Lo and behold, two of [[BigBad the bad guy's]] {{Mooks}} turn out to be undercover cops and rescue them.
%%*
The movie ''Film/{{Salt}}'' is filled with moles.moles.
* In ''Film/Seven1979'', Mailei is actually working for Harris and reporting on the plans of TheSyndicate to take over Hawaii. However, when she is sent to help the Seven, she reveals her true colours as a SixthRangerTraitor.



* ''Film/ShotCaller'': [[spoiler:Shotgun]] is working with Officer Kutcher to bring down Jacob and the rest of the Aryan Brotherhood, since his drug-smuggling girlfriend has a twenty year sentence hanging over her head. Jacob kills him when he finds out.



* In ''Film/{{Spy}}'', Karen Walker turns out to be one. [[spoiler: Subverted with Bradley, who reveals himself to be a mole for Rayna, but is actually a mole for the CIA.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Spy}}'', Karen Walker turns out to be one. [[spoiler: Subverted with Bradley, who meanwhile, reveals himself to be a mole for Rayna, but is actually a mole for the CIA.]]]]
* The director of intelligence in ''Film/StarshipTroopers3Marauder'' is initially seen by one of the protagonists (and the audience) as a traitor who's trying to assassinate the Sky Marshal, covering up the failed attempt and preventing his rescue, and seizing power. Well, she actually is doing all that...because the Sky Marshal has gone nutty (well, nuttier) and is going to sell humanity out to the enemy.



* [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', for her sister's sake...

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* [[spoiler:Kayla Silverfox]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'': [[spoiler:Slugworth]]. More precisely, it's a man in Wonka's employ pretending to be an industrial spy to tempt the kids as a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* In
''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Kayla Silverfox was one for her sister's sake...sake, but changed once Victor makes things worse.



* After [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake the Zodiac (Brutus Beefcake)]] left the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom in February 1996, he was repackaged as The Booty Man (sort of like [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Billy Gunn's "Mr. Ass" gimmick]]), now a {{Face}} and a Friend of Hogan. Hulk [[LampshadeHanging explained]] that he had sent him into the Dungeon as a "mole." However, [[FridgeBrilliance it actually DOES make sense]] when you consider the finish of the [[GimmickMatches War Games]] match between the Hulkamaniacs (Hogan/Savage/Sting/Luger) and the Dungeon of Doom (Kamala/Shark/Zodiac/Meng) at ''WCW Fall Brawl 95'', September 17, 1995. The Hulkamaniacs won when Hogan forced Zodiac to submit. Hulk ''had'' to have Zodiac be the one to submit, since he was the weakest guy on the team, (also because Wrestling/{{Kamala}} didn't speak, Wrestling/{{Meng}} was/is a legitimate badass [[WrestlingMonster Monster]] and [[Wrestling/JohnTenta the Shark]] was too big) and because it would have looked suspicious if Hulk had fought with the other three guys but left Zodiac alone. The two might have planned for Hogan to not actually apply any pressure when he locked on the submission (so as not to hurt his friend any more than he had to), but for Zodiac to submit anyway (to give his friend Hogan the win against the DOD team). Kind of like a less stupid version of the FingerpokeOfDoom.
* Toward the end of the much-despised [[Wrestling/TheInvasionAngle Alliance angle]] where Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} tried to put [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]] out of business, Wrestling/KurtAngle, who had been a major figure in Team WWF, suddenly joined the Alliance out of nowhere. After Vince tried making the Alliance believe Wrestling/{{Stone Cold|Steve Austin}} was really a mole planted by him, it is revealed that it was Kurt Angle who was the actual mole, costing the Alliance their main event match, and ending the Alliance for good.
* Billy El Malo of [[PowerStable La Milicia]], which was in turn part of [[LegionOfDoom La Sociedad]] running amok over Wrestling/{{AAA}}, revealed in 2011 that two months after La Sociedad's founding he had been working in secret against the group from within on the behalf of Cibernético. He then officially left them for rival group Los Bizarros. Cibernético would later try to join La Sociedad as a mole himself [[ItOnlyWorksOnce but got beaten up]] by Los Perros Del Mal.
* While [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] is a bad guy, she only joined Strength In Numbers when they approached her in the Pro Wrestling Syndicate so she could set them up to catch a beat down from the Backseat Girlz, the biggest good guy group in the Bombshell's division who S.I.N. was planning to ambush. She did this because she believed Missy Sampson and Annie Social to be {{worthy opponent}}s.
* After spending the better part of 2013 getting screwed over by Wrestling/TheAuthority, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] publicly gave up fighting a machine he could not beat on his own and joined Wrestling/TheWyattFamily for supposed help on the last show of that year. He actually did this to get closer to Wrestling/BrayWyatt, who had been giving him almost as much trouble as the Authority, taking revenge earlier than planned, in January 2014 after the Wyatts tried to pull a YouHaveFailedMe on him.



* In ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'', although most Radical Inquisitors are just {{Cowboy Cop}}s who do their jobs in ways the bosses on Holy Terra wouldn't approve of, there are quite a few extremists who, for various reasons, abuse their Inquisitorial authority to do things that undermine the Imperium's security. Some of them are outright trying to overthrow one or more of the Imperium's ruling bodies.

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* In ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'', although 40000}}''
** Although
most Radical Inquisitors are just {{Cowboy Cop}}s who do their jobs in ways the bosses on Holy Terra wouldn't approve of, there are quite a few extremists who, for various reasons, abuse their Inquisitorial authority to do things that undermine the Imperium's security. Some of them are outright trying to overthrow one or more of the Imperium's ruling bodies.bodies.
** An alien coalition group convinced the Alpha Legion to become this. In order to effectively pull it off, however, they would need to pull do a sincere (or at least a ostensible) full-on HeelFaceTurn. Considering their reputation and MO relies on absolute secrecy and different units' ability to act independently, down to individual soldiers, their motives into the present are largely a mystery. The question of whether the entire Legion, or individual cells and warbands have fallen to Chaos or have remained closet loyalists is a large part of their mystique.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''
** Black Spiral Dancers think that they can woo Gaia Garou into the Wyrm's embrace. They fail to understand that some Gaia Garou pretend to draw close to the Wyrm so as to undermine the Wyrm's forces.
** Among the Shadow Lords, members of the Bringers of Light camp infiltrate Wyrm strongholds (at great personal risk) so as to subvert them from within.
** Among the Stargazers, members of the Oroborean camp seek to free the Wyrm of Balance by learning as much as they can about Wyrm lore, sometimes with Black Spiral Dancer hives. They later "cleanse" and "liberate" Wyrm minions by torturing and killing them.
** A handful of Uktena have pretended to join the Black Spiral Dancers in order to gain information or undermine the Wyrm. Anhai joined the Black Spiral Dancers, only to lead them away from where a new Uktena caern was being created. White-Eye-ikthya ''may'' be a deep cover Uktena agent within the Trinity Hive.


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* Ancient and the Mana-Ko beasts in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' were really secret agents working for [[TheOrder the Order of Mata Nui]]. The former was also a founding member of the evil bounty hunter organization the Dark Hunters, while the Mana-Ko were {{Giant Enemy Crab}}s guarding one of the BigBad's lairs. Sadly, neither reveal had any foreshadowing, nor have they impacted the plot in any way.
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** Torg's purpose for joining the Minion Master in the first place, not to mention the various supervillain organizations he infiltrates.
** Possibly Dr Schlock's motive for taking over Heretti-Corp; in spite of BecomingTheMask he does keep the villainy minimized, and feels regret for the damage he's responsible for.

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* ''Fanfic/TheSecretReturnOfAlexMack'': [[spoiler: Clare Tobias]] is an NID mole in the Collective.


* [[spoiler:Dr. Hart]] in ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', who is one of the protagonists for a significant proportion of series 2, before eventually revealing himself to be a villain [[spoiler:(but he switches sides during the season finale, "Bloodlines")]].
** A particularly unusual example happened during the live event seen in "Too Dangerous!", in which a group of fans were invited to meet Daniel and Jonas, in person, in San Francisco, and take part in the storyline. Greg Gallows, a popular BigNameFan of the series, was revealed to be a mole, passing information onto villain Lucy. Gallows went on to appear as an enemy {{mook}} in the following story, "Bloodlines".

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[[spoiler:Dr. Hart]] in ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', Hart]], who is one of the protagonists for a significant proportion of series 2, before eventually revealing himself to be a villain [[spoiler:(but he switches sides during the season finale, "Bloodlines")]].
** A particularly unusual example happened during the live event seen in "Too Dangerous!", in which a group of fans were invited to meet Daniel and Jonas, in person, in San Francisco, and take part in the storyline. Greg Gallows, a popular BigNameFan FandomVIP of the series, was revealed to be a mole, passing information onto villain Lucy. Gallows went on to appear as an enemy {{mook}} in the following story, "Bloodlines".



** ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' loves this trope, actually. [[spoiler:Gemma]], anyone? [[spoiler:She]] never actually joins Bree or Daniel, but she helps from a distance. In "Tough Cookie" it's revealed that [[spoiler:she works for the Order and isn't even British.]]

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** ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' loves this trope, actually. [[spoiler:Gemma]], anyone? [[spoiler:She]] [[spoiler:Gemma]] never actually joins Bree or Daniel, but she helps from a distance. In "Tough Cookie" it's revealed that [[spoiler:she works for the Order and isn't even British.]]

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